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SHM configuration

Depending on requirements of a specific launch mission, ISC Kosmotras offers several configurations of the Dnepr Space Head Module (SHM), where customer’s payload will be accommodated.

A typical SHM is composed of a head fairing, intermediate cylindrical section, adapter, bottom protective membrane and gas-dynamic shield.

Three baseline Dnepr SHM configurations are:

  • Standard length SHM for accommodation of a group of small satellites;
  • Standard length SHM for accommodation of a mid-size satellite;
  • Extended length SHM for accommodation of a large-size satellite.

Various Types of Space Head Module

 SHM Configuration

The SHM configuration is selected based on the type of the launch mission: dedicated, cluster (multiple small satellite) or shared (primary payload and a piggyback). Specific layout of payload envelope may be optimized at the payload/launcher adaptation phase.

You can find detailed information in the following presentation "Space Head Modules of Dnepr LV"


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Dnepr Program

During 1992-2003 timeframe, a team of Russian and Ukrainian companies together with the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) were involved in developing a commercial space launch system based on the technology of the SS-18 ICBMs being withdrawn from service.

Description and main specifications

Dnepr LV

Description and main specifications
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